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So….. How did you intergrate technologies (software, hardware and online) in this project?

This is how I effectively integrated all technologies into my work over the course! From hardware, to software to online pieces, I had to use every single one of these to greatly help me and create the best magazine possible. I discuss here what I used to help me, and how it was effective. For example, a camera was helpful as I could take pictures with it to use on my magazine cover, and YouGov was useful, as I could see my target demographic, as well as their likes and dislikes. All these things connect, and I have shown this through the use of arrows. All things that connect have been given arrows to clearly show what relates to what. I also write about what stage of production these things have been used, pre, post or during. Some were only useful for one (For example, cameras were only helpful during production) , whereas others were valuable to me at all times throughout production (For example the blog league, and Google) I also talked about how different skills were integrated in my work.

 

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So…. How did your production skills develop throughout this project?

This voice-thread has been made to give advice to any future media students. I have done this by talking about my experience with Media Studies over the past half year or so. I supply some small anecdotes about my experience, where I went wrong, where I can improve in further projects, and where they need to be vigilant not to make the same mistakes as me. Skills such as technical, creative and transferable skills are not only learned and important to this subject, but also others and the wider world! Thus, I tell them what skills we have learnt, which ones are the most important and which ones they will have to learn fast in order to succeed to the best of their ability in media.

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So…… How does your product engage with audiences and how would it be distributed as a real media text?

This is my edited Dragons den pitch, in which I answer some difficult question’s set by the dragons. In it I go into various things in magazine production such as:

  • Target audience
  • Plans of distribution
  • Which conglomerates I plan to work with
  • Why an audience should buy my specific magazine.

These are all important for various different reasons, because we need to understand an audience and the magazine industry before going even making a magazine. These are all things I have planned weeks in advance, to get the best possible magazine. However, they are important nonetheless.

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So….. How’d it Go?

I personally believe that my magazine went swimmingly. I thought that there is a clear difference for the better between my older drafts, and my newer ones, all of which have been extremely improved on. I kept my image in mind, and made up for previous mistakes that I made (For example, I retook shots that were blurry, and fixed spelling mistakes) I always kept true to my original vision, and never strayed from what I wanted. A new fresh take on the old swing genre. I took most of, if not all the feedback on board throughout my time, and implemented them into my magazine to get a great looking, professional try. I had some rough patches throughout, for example computer glitches, blurred shots etc, however, I always persevered, and It made the magazine better. My favourite parts of my magazine are:

  • The Colour scheme
  • The nice shots of Corbyn
  • The crisp black and white backgrounds
  • The interesting articles
  • The nice group shot

Therefore, all in all, I am extremely happy with my article, and hope that you are too!

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So….. How is It Going?

My brand has been clearly reflected in all three of my pages. I have reflected my brand, via usage of colour scheme, font and layout. I have tried to keep my images as authentic as possible, while bringing new and more exciting ideas to a generally quite simplistic and basic genre of music. I am very happy with all three of my pages, and think that though there is still little things to do, the main bulk of all of my pages are very good. My images are nicely taken, and well photo-shopped to get quite a retro look to it, and I have used ‘Grey scale’ to get the black and white feel. My lighting was good in all of my pictures, and I have used lighting even in my font. For example, the Flashback title in my contents page matches the lighting with my picture of my star. My pictures are well composed and not grainy. Therefore, I am very pleased with how it is going.

 

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Design Skills 2

When I started this project, I wasn’t very good at Photoshop. Now, however, I believe that I am quite alright at it. I have had a lot of practice between my front page, contents page, and now my double page spread, and thus I believe that I have vastly improved. I have played around with Photoshop a lot, and have learnt about image manipulation, and even myself throughout the process. I learnt what I like, what I dislike, what skills I believe are more effective, and which tools in Photoshop, are overrated, or not good in my opinion. One of the most, if not the most important tools I have used is the eraser tool, specifically the magic eraser, which will delete any and all colours that are the same or similar to the one that you clicked. This makes getting the picture that you want without the unnecessary stuff a lot easier, allowing for me to get more done in a short amount of time.

As I am making a swing music magazine, I need to play with contrasts and shades more than actual colours. The burn tool allows me darken pictures, and is therefore very very useful. This is because my swing music magazine is in black and white, and so if I don’t want to reveal something, I can use the burn tool to do so. Or if I want the picture to convey a darker meaning, I will use it to do so.

Finally, I have used ‘grayscale’, to get that rich and warm black and white colouring of my magazine. The black and white is what really makes my magazine look authentic. I have had to learn how to use all of these effectively this year to really get the greatest images possible, and I believe that although there is still vast amounts to learn, I have definitely gotten better over the last few weeks and months. The grey scale makes the blacks richer, and the whites warmer, giving it a really authentic and retro feeling to the image. It is crucial to if I want a good looking 1950’s magazine, and is easier to do than having it in colours, but imitating being vintage.

 

 This is the ‘Free Transform’, tool from In Design. This will effect the stars length, width, and position and is generally the easiest way to move the star around in both size, and position on the page, and the difference between a small star and a big star can make all of the difference. The bigger the star, the more that an audience can identify with them. Therefore, this tool is vital for having a good, quick and easy front page, and all of the other pages in fact!

 

 

This is a master screenshot, showing me in action actually editing the contents page. It shows me about to edit some of the text in ‘Main Contents’

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So…. I am Ready to Photograph my Star!

Overall, I am finally ready to photograph my star… All of the weeks of planning and researching will finally have to pay off in a culmination of everything I have learnt and studied. I have realised that the most important features of the shoot will be:

  • Making sure the lighting is correct, and fits the theme that I am going for
  • Making sure the colours are correct, and fit the colour palette of the magazine
  • Making sure the costume is appropriate
  • Making sure hair and make up is appropriate for the magazine
  • Making sure I have the right props (if any – which in my case, I will have props appropriate to the time period)
  • Making sure I get that money shot!

So in general, I need to make sure my mise en scene is correct. A wise woman once said ‘The devil is in the detail’, and thus I will ensure my creative abilities will reflect the previous statement, and transcend this into a more than delightful image, in which target demographics, will be encouraged to spend currency on and obtain because of the front cover.

I shall use a mixed range of angles and shots, to create a wide range of different shots to pick from, and so I can be sure that I can have the most options to choose from!

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So…..I’m ready to make some media!

Now I believe that I am fully capable of making my own cover using In-design, and am fully aware of what I need to do, to succeed and create an eye catching and marketable magazine cover that will make people want to buy it. I have learnt various technical skills over the last few weeks, all of which I am going to try my hardest to implement into my final take of the cover. Elements such as:

  • Font
  • Colour
  • Placement/Arrangement
  • Language
  • Demographic
  • Psychographic

Will all be used in my final take on it. I need to improve on certain things when taking the pictures. Elements such as

  • Lighting
  • Positioning
  • Eyeline
  • Posing
  • Costume

Will all have to factor when making my cover. Despite this, if I can nail each and every one of these factors, and use technical skills that I have learnt and developed using photo-shop and in-design, I believe that I can create the greatest possible magazine that I can, and be able to catch the eye and make the largest target demographic I can be intrigued enough to buy a copy of the magazine.

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So…. How Can An Image Communicate Meaning?

Via practising various shots, angles, lighting and distances during an impromptu photo shoot with a partner,  I have learnt a lot about a picture, and how it can tell a story. For example, we used framing, a low camera angle and a point of view shot in one of our photos, to make it seem as it my friend was being stalked in the woods by something looking right at him, hiding in the bushes. We tried different angles and such. In the end, we got:

  • High camera angles – to show authority
  • Low camera angles – to show weakness
  • Canted angles – to show perculiarness
  • Point of View shots – to show what a person/thing is looking at
  • long shots – to show lonliness
  • close ups – to relate to the character
  • mid shots – to relate, but get background in the picture

We used Mise-en-scene as well, to tell a story. Lighting again was very important, as different lighting gave off different effects. Our setting was quite important too, and even though we had to be set outside and around the school building, for pictures such as the point of view stalk, you could not tell. We used costume to represent authority in our high angle shots, such as the shot of myself as an overseer. Finally, we used hair to demonstrate class, as in some of the high camera angle photos of myself, I brushed my hair and made it nice. In the low camera angles of myself, I messed it up a bit to show weakness and untidiness.

This will help me, because now I know how to tell a story through a picture. Simple things such as attire, hair and even lighting and camera angle can change the entire feel of a simple photo. I will try and create a story using pictures, and intellectually challenge the person looking at the photos, make them think why I took the photo at that angle, and why I used that kind of lighting. Hopefully, If I can do this, I will be able to have an effective and thought provoking cover to my magazine.